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Evacuation urged for Thursday's blast (09/08/04)
What's happening? On Thursday at 6:30 a.m., the first span of the old Mississippi River bridge -- the section closest to the Missouri side -- will be demolished. The bridge will be dropped by blasting it into sections. The Missouri Department of Transportation, Cape Girardeau police and the demolition contractor are asking people who live and work within a 1,500-foot radius of the blast site to temporarily evacuate...
Man faces prison on gun, drug charges (09/08/04)
A Cape Girardeau man pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to gun and drug charges. Mark Mosley, 24, will be sentenced Dec. 6 on a felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and a felony count of distribution of marijuana. He also forfeited $31,400 in cash...
Area councils hear details on transport plan (09/08/04)
Members of city councils in Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City took turns Tuesday listening to details of a plan that would unite them in securing about $90,000 annually in federal grants for roads, aviation projects and mass transit. However, only Cape Girardeau's council voted for a resolution in support of forming the Greater Cape Girardeau Metropolitan Planning Organization. The other cities' councils chose to discuss the issue further...
Sunshine Law seminar planned Oct. 4 (09/08/04)
A free seminar on changes in the Sunshine Law will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Monday, Oct. 4, at Southeast Missouri State University. It's being organized by the state attorney general's office. Assistant attorneys general will discuss the top 10 things media and public officials need to know about the Sunshine Law and the recent changes. ...
Scott City does away with vehicle registration stickers (09/08/04)
Vehicle registration stickers will soon be a thing of the past for residents of Scott City. At its Tuesday meeting, the Scott City Council passed an ordinance that does away with city vehicle registration stickers starting next year. Before the Aug. ...
15 die in weekend accidents (09/08/04)
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 15 motorists were killed on Missouri roads over the Labor Day weekend, one more than last year at the same time. During the 2004 counting period of 6 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Monday the patrol investigated 307 traffic crashes including 164 injuries. Troopers arrested 144 for driving while intoxicated; last year 153 were arrested for driving while intoxicated...
Firefighters in Whitewater to get radios, air packs (09/08/04)
The Whitewater Fire Department will be able to buy new equipment thanks to a federal grant of $87,930 from the Department of Homeland Security and a $6,500 grant from state emergency management sources. Whitewater fire chief Garry Moore said the federal money will be used to buy 14 new self-contained air packs with two bottles for each unit and a compressor to fill the bottles...
Picture of cardinals wins popular vote in photography contest (09/08/04)
A photograph of two cardinals that appeared to be kissing was chosen as the public's favorite in the Foto Fest amateur photography contest. When votes were tabulated Tuesday, Paul Wilson of Jackson came out ahead of the other 1,400 eligible photographs. He received more than 20 percent of the votes...
Region digest 09/08/04 (09/08/04)
Astronaut Godwin will speak at Southeast Astronaut Linda Godwin, a veteran of four NASA spaceflights, will speak at her alma mater, Southeast Missouri State University, on Sept. 21. Godwin, who grew up in the Oak Ridge area, will speak at the 2004 fall NASA Educator Resource Center Network Conference at 10:45 a.m. ...
Cape Girardeau City Council action (09/08/04)
Public hearings Held a hearing for a special-use permit to construct a new fire station, emergency operations center and communications tower at 1975 N. Sprigg St. Heard the request of Patrick and Amy Higgins for a special-use permit to place two free-standing signs at 2917 Independence St...
The rage among girls (09/08/04)
It's likely to start over a boy. There may be a lot of he-said, she-said conversations, perhaps followed by some intense, overnight instant-messaging from home computers. And then, at school the next morning, an emotional and physical frenzy. Physical fighting was once an issue almost completely limited to boys. But over the past decade, educators and law enforcement officials have seen an alarming increase in the number of girls turning to violence as a solution...
Jackson rejects bids for soccer park work (09/08/04)
The momentum that was building for the completion of Jackson's new soccer park was knocked back temporarily Tuesday night as the board of aldermen unanimously rejected a bid that came in far higher than the city is willing to spend. The Jackson Soccer Park Association secured a $115,000 federal grant for the city to use on the 25-acre park, which the city took ownership of at Tuesday's meeting...
Shape Up Cape joins effort to promote volunteerism (09/08/04)
For the past three months, Cape Girardeau business people have been walking, running, swimming and exercising after points to push their Shape Up Cape teams into the lead. Now those teams can add two new point-earning activities during the program's final week: helping and volunteering...
Club news 9/8/04 (09/08/04)
American Legion Post 158 At a recent meeting of American Legion Post 158 Rosie Wells, home from Iraq, was welcomed by legion members. Jim Nelson reported contributions to the American Legion Post 158 Memorial Scholarship Program from Bob and Adell Hartle in memory of Iva Jaco; Wanda Abbott in memory of Ina Nothdurft; New Salem United Methodist Church at Daisy, Mo.; and Verla and Charles Mangel, personal contribution.. ...
State's high court clears way for lawsuit against Sikeston (09/08/04)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit alleging the Sikeston City Council violated the state's open meetings law with the 2001 passage of a zoning ordinance that some city landowners opposed. Stoddard County Associate Circuit Judge Stephen Mitchell dismissed the lawsuit as moot in September 2002 after the council had repealed the disputed ordinance a month earlier. ...
Cheney says 'wrong choice' of Kerry risks terrorist attack (09/08/04)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday warned Americans about voting for Democratic Sen. John Kerry, saying that if the nation makes the wrong choice on Election Day it faces the threat of another terrorist attack. The Kerry-Edwards campaign immediately rejected those comments as "scare tactics" that crossed the line...
Kerry criticizes budget deficit, policies (09/08/04)
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Tuesday's projection of a record budget deficit this election year and the continuing movement of U.S. jobs overseas show President Bush is taking the country down the wrong economic track...
Federal deficit to set record (09/08/04)
WASHINGTON -- The federal deficit will swell to a record $422 billion this election year but fall short of even more dire forecasts, Congress' top budget analysts projected Tuesday in a report that became instant fodder for both political parties. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the shortfall would shrink to $348 billion next year -- still the third worst ever in dollar terms. Last year's $375 billion gap was the previous record...
Bush grades as Guard pilot released after lawsuit filed (09/08/04)
WASHINGTON -- President Bush ranked in the middle of his Air National Guard flight class and flew 336 hours in a fighter jet before letting his pilot status lapse and missing a key readiness drill in 1972, according to his flight records belatedly uncovered Tuesday under the Freedom of Information Act...
Floridians heading home slow Frances relief (09/08/04)
The Associated Press FORT PIERCE, Fla. -- Thousands of residents desperate to return home after fleeing Hurricane Frances ignored Florida's plea to stay put Tuesday, jamming highways, delaying emergency workers and causing tempers to flare in the sticky heat...
Nation briefs 9/8/04 (09/08/04)
Second judge strikes down gay-marriage ban OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down Tuesday by a second judge, who ruled that marriage is a fundamental right that should be available to gay men and lesbians. The case in Thurston County, along with a similar ruling in King County, will be appealed to the state Supreme Court. One critic of the rulings said a drive to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage is all but guaranteed...
Sharon denies Israel is spying in United States (09/08/04)
JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is denying allegations that a Pentagon worker stole secrets for Israel, according to a newspaper interview carrying his first public comments on the dispute. "Israel does not spy in the United States. I say this in the most emphatic way possible," Sharon was quoted as saying by the Jerusalem Post, which released excerpts of the interview early today. The full interview is to be published Friday...
U.S. military deaths in Iraq top 1,000 (09/08/04)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.S. military deaths in the Iraq campaign passed the 1,000 milestone Tuesday, with more than 800 of them during the stubborn insurgency that flared after the Americans brought down Saddam Hussein and President Bush declared major combat over...
Thousands attend rally against terrorism in Moscow (09/08/04)
MOSCOW -- Tens of thousands of people answered a government call and rallied outside the Kremlin on Tuesday in a show of solidarity against terrorism, nearly a week after militants seized a school in southern Russia in a standoff that claimed more than 350 lives, many of them children...
Hurricane Ivan destroys scores of homes in Grenada's capital (09/08/04)
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada -- Packing ferocious winds, Hurricane Ivan made a direct hit on Grenada Tuesday, blasting apart scores of homes and forcing hundreds of evacuations before growing even stronger as it moved in Jamaica's direction. The storm, coming just days after Hurricane Frances, also damaged homes in Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent...
Athlete of the Week -- Matt Unterreiner (09/08/04)
Weekly spotlight MATT UNTERREINER School: Perryville Class: Senior Sport: Football Accomplishment: Unterreiner rushed 28 times for 222 yards and two touchdowns -- one being a 49-yarder -- in Perryville's 27-13 victory against Windsor at home. Unterreiner also returned a punt 62 yards for another touchdown. The opening victory was lift for a program that has endured five straight losing seasons...
Central spikers post first wins (09/08/04)
Central picked up its first two wins of the season Tuesday at the SEMO Conference Volleyball Tournament at Cape Girardeau Central High School. The Tigers swept their pool, defeating New Madrid County Central and Sikeston to advance to the semifinal round today at 5 p.m. against Oran...
Tigers end scoreless deadlock, win 2-0 (09/08/04)
Central shook Hazelwood West with a pair of second-half goals. By Bill Hester ~ Special to the Southeast Missourian FENTON, Mo. -- It looked like it might be one of those days for the Cape Girardeau Central soccer team Tuesday evening...
Trends continue - Unbeaten ASU sweeps, drops Otahks to 0-5 (09/08/04)
By Marty Mishow ~ Southeast Missourian Southeast Missouri State University's volleyball team won the first two games of last Wednesday's season-opening match against Southwest Missouri State before the Bears rallied to prevail in five games...
Eagles, Skyhawks to open OVC play (09/08/04)
Tennessee State and Tennessee-Martin get the Ohio Valley Conference schedule off to an early start this week. While the rest of the OVC's nine teams don't play their first conference games until Sept. 25, the Tigers and Skyhawks square off Thursday night in Martin, Tenn...
Padres end Cardinals' 9-game winning streak (09/08/04)
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres kept alive their slim playoff hopes with a rare win against baseball's best team. Ryan Klesko singled in the go-ahead run with none out in the eighth inning and the Padres beat St. Louis 7-3 Monday night, ending the Cardinals' nine-game winning streak...
U.S. eliminates Russia 5-3; Tkachuk scores four goals (09/08/04)
The Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Keith Tkachuk had four goals and an assist to lead the United States into the World Cup of Hockey semifinals with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over Russia. The St. Louis Blues forward -- normally the target of boos at the Minnesota Wild's Xcel Energy Center -- was the difference for the Americans, who avenged last week's loss to the Russians by eliminating them from the tournament...
Capriati ousts Williams in controversial match (09/08/04)
By Howard Fendrich The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Unfairly, unbelievably, Serena Williams was robbed of a point by an umpire's mistake at the U.S. Open, just like her sister was at Wimbledon. It happened in the opening game of the third set between Williams and Jennifer Capriati, who went on to win their Open quarterfinal 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday night...
Redbirds will sit a starter for first playoff series (09/08/04)
La Russa plans to remove one of his five successful starters from the rotation. By R.B. Fallstrom ~ The Associated Press ST. LOUIS -- All five members of the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation are double-figure winners, but one will likely be left out in the first round of the playoffs...
Ankiel has smooth return in Cards' 4-2 win over Padres (09/08/04)
SAN DIEGO -- Pinch-hitter Roger Cedeno's go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth inning helped the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Tuesday night for their 10th win in 11 games. Rick Ankiel, whose once-promising career was derailed by wild pitches and elbow surgery, made his first appearance for the Cardinals in more than three years. He allowed one hit in a scoreless inning in relief of Jeff Suppan (15-6)...
Sports briefs 9/8/04 (09/08/04)
Baseball The Chicago Cubs and Florida Marlins will play two doubleheaders to make up the three-game series that was wiped out last weekend in Miami by Hurricane Frances. One game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader this Friday at Wrigley Field beginning at 1:20 p.m. CDT...
Area sports digest 9/8/04 (09/08/04)
Dalhousie hosted busy weekend of golf The team of Jim Largent, Carol Largent, Gray Squires and Suzie Ruppert won the Labor Day Couples Scramble on Monday at Dalhousie Golf Club. The foursome posted a net score of 60, one stroke better than the runner-up team of Mark Unger, Becky Unger, Darryl James and Harriette Myers...
Head of the herb class (09/08/04)
The result of a little-heralded election earlier this year will be welcome to those of all parties, and especially to gardeners and gourmets: The International Herb Association, based in Jacksonville, Fla., and the Herb Society of America, based in Kirtland, Ohio, have voted garlic the herb of the year for 2004...
Readers fill requests for jelly, relishes (09/08/04)
The Labor Day weekend was a fun-filled and jam-packed weekend for our family. Of course many things we did revolved around food. After spending a day at the air show in St. Louis and seeing the Blue Angels perform, we headed back to Cape to enjoy a fresh homemade pork sausage supper with the John and Jill Peters family and friends on Sunday afternoon. ...
Hurricanes become fact of life (09/08/04)
OK, this is getting ridiculous. First Charley. Then Frances. Seems like someone is visiting us from Missouri every time a hurricane hits. For Frances, it was a friend combining a check of his sailboat and a visit with The Other Half and me. (The boat survived, by the way.)...
Amending soil will help plants thrive (09/08/04)
A common complaint among gardeners in Southeast Missouri is that the soil they have in their landscape is nothing but clay. When the clay is too wet, it just forms clumps. When it is too dry, it is as hard as a brick. These gardeners can't get anything to thrive in clay soils. Most plants just hang on for dear life...
Illusionist making first appearance since near-fatal attack (09/08/04)
LAS VEGAS -- Roy Horn has never spoken publicly about the incident in which a 380-pound white tiger named Montecore nearly mauled him to death. So when NBC airs the special "Siegfried & Roy: The Miracle" at 8 p.m. Sept. 15, viewers will hear Horn for the first time and see his battle to regain his motor skills after the tiger attack -- and subsequent debilitating stroke -- left him in a wheelchair...
Rochester Armstrong (09/08/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Rochester Armstrong, 66, of Sikeston died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. Armstrong was born March 11, 1938, in rural Charleston, Mo., son of Rufus and Jessie Coleman Armstrong. Survivors include his wife, Annie Orr Armstrong of Sikeston; nine sons, Richard Lawrence, Freddie Davis, Roy C. ...
Ruby Popp (09/08/04)
Ruby Erna Popp, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau. She was born Aug. 23, 1932, at Frohna, Mo., daughter of Anton and Esther Mueller Petzoldt. She and Eugene Popp were married Feb. 6, 1955, in Cape Girardeau. He died Sept. 6, 2004...
Nadine Sams (09/08/04)
Nadine B. Sams, 76, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at the Lutheran Home. She was born Jan. 13, 1928, in Cates, Ind., daughter of Billy and Lela Babb. She and John L. Sams were married Nov. 27, 1971, in Mattoon, Ill. He died June 6, 1997...
Mary Bradshaw (09/08/04)
Mary Belle Bradshaw, 72, of Whitewater died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo. She was born Feb. 17, 1932, daughter of Henry and Ethel Stephens Mouser. She and Jesse R. Bradshaw were married May 11, 1958, at Marquand, Mo...
Irene Hall (09/08/04)
CAIRO, Ill. -- Irene Hall, 74, of Cairo, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at the Daystar Care Center in Cairo. She was born April 25, 1930, in St. Louis, daughter of John and Ida Johnson. She lived in Cairo for more than 30 years. She was a member of Christ Temple Church of God in Christ in Cairo...
Mabel Robards (09/08/04)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Mabel Irene Robards, 76, of Sikeston died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at Missouri Delta Medical Center. She was born Sept. 16, 1927, at Kennett, Mo., daughter of David Cornelious and Willie Zella McGregor Childress. She and U.L. Robards were married Jan. 25, 1950. He died Dec. 25, 1977...
Eugene Popp (09/08/04)
Eugene Gilbert Popp, 72, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born July 2, 1932, in Cape Girardeau, son of Walter and Dorena Reimann Popp. He and Ruby Erna Petzoldt were married Feb. 6, 1955, in Cape Girardeau. She died Sept. 5, 2004...
Alta Hyde (09/08/04)
MINER, Mo. -- Alta Hyde, 85, of Miner died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at her home. She was born Feb. 12, 1919, in Fayette County, Ala., daughter of Charlie and Ethel Cox Garner. She and Tommy Hyde were married Nov. 11, 1934. He died Oct. 2, 1982. Hyde was a member of Parker Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church...
Births 9/8/04 (09/08/04)
Stevens Daughter to Adam Russell and Jennifer Sue Stevens of Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri Hospital, 9:24 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, 2004. Name, Rileigh Morgan. Weight, 7 pounds 13 ounces. Mrs. Stevens is the former Jennifer Ross, daughter of Doug and Tonya Ross of Cape Girardeau. Stevens is the son of Brad and Dee Dee Stevens of Cape Girardeau...
Cape fire report 09/08/04 (09/08/04)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following items on Monday: At 6:27 p.m., emergency medical service in the 200 block of Keller Avenue. At 12:20 p.m., still alarm at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. At 7:47 p.m., still alarm at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport...
Cape/Jackson police reports 09/08/04 (09/08/04)
Cape Girardeau The following items were released Tuesday by the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Arrests do not imply guilt. DWI Jessica Lee Wiggins, Box 131, Kelso, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after her vehicle struck a guardrail at Interstate 55 and Highway 74....
Out of the past 9/8/04 (09/08/04)
10 years ago: Sept. 8, 1994 Recovery of former Corps of Engineers dredge Ste. Genevieve, which sank March 10 in Mississippi River near Missouri Dry Dock and Repair Co., begins; paddlewheel is removed from sunken dredge and placed on repair barge. New commander of Cape Girardeau-Bollinger County Major Case Squad is Carson Kelley, assistant director of public safety at Southeast Missouri State University...
United Way's goal (09/08/04)
One million dollars. It sounds like a huge amount of money to most people, but the United Way of Southeast Missouri is seeking that much to help its 32 agencies in the region. Residents and employees in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Perryville and Scott City and surrounding areas have been asked to help raise $1 million for community agencies that serve the poor, elderly and children with special needs...
Outsourcing makes jobless angry (09/08/04)
To the editor: In a recent column, "Economy in good shape and getting better," billionaire Steve Forbes wrote that "crankiness over the economy is utterly unjustified." As someone who dedicated more than 26 years to Doe Run Smeltering Co. prior to having my job outsourced to China, I think describing my emotion as cranky is an understatement. I am angry...
Schrader sisters were loving, caring (09/08/04)
To the editor: I would like to comment on Laura Johnston's fine article regarding women's roles in the progress of Cape Girardeau. In particular, I would like to comment on Alma Schrader and her tenure as principal of May Greene Elementary School where I was a pupil back in the 1940s. ...
CASA support makes a difference (09/08/04)
To the editor: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Southeast Missouri wishes to thank Kate Scott, her cameraman and KFVS12 anchors Jeff Cunningham and Mary-Ann Maloney for taking the time to produce such a great story on CASA and our need for volunteers. ...
Warm welcome for President Bush (09/08/04)
To the editor: I would like to congratulate Poplar Bluff on the prestigious example that community has set for our state and our country. Everyone in Poplar Bluff should have a lot of pride that the president of the United States is visiting their lovely community. As a Cape Girardeau resident and proud supporter of our troops, I would like to extend my hand to the president and welcome him to Bush Country...
Speak Out 09/08/04 (09/08/04)
More stress to come IN ANSWER to the Speak Out comment as to whether schools will be under the same stress to meet expectations next year: The answer is yes. The bar will be raised next year and every year after that until 2014 when, according to the No Child Left Behind law, all students are expected to be scoring at the proficient level on the MAP test. ...
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